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The Importance of Finding all Land Tracts #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

The Importance of Finding all Land Tracts

It is so easy to jump onto the wrong lineage! After all, names and dates can be rather confusing. That is why it is so important to locate the old family residence and the adjoining neighborhood. This is usually accomplished by researching deed records and tax digests. One follows the legal description, carefully noting the district and land lot number. Of course the first deeds did not contain a full description (as they do today), but usually listed the names of adjoining owners. The tax digests do the same thing, but also provide the number of acreage and counties involved. When people drew in the land lotteries, those tracts were also listed and should be regarded as clues of where to search next.

Southampton County VA Wills and Estates. See Names.
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